A focus on student well-being: Counseling Counts expanding to all BCSC buildings

The Republic:

Matthew Kent, 9/27/2018

A program designed to assist students with mental health and other needs has gained a foothold in the 11,500-student in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

The Counseling Counts program is a two-tiered approach focused on prevention and providing acute care to students from prekindergarten through high school.

With the launch of the program, mental health service providers from Centerstone and Family Service Inc. have begun working with students and their families, said Bill Jensen, BCSC director of secondary education.

BCSC was awarded $1.1 million in October 2017 from the Lilly Endowment, allowing the district to develop Counseling Counts, Jensen said. That funding allowed BCSC to continue its work that began after receiving a $100,000 grant two months earlier from Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, which helped launch the program.

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